Mexico City shopping: The ultimate shopping guide for Mexico City 

At first glance, most of CDMX Mexico City’s shops may seem like big-box stores flogging international brands, much in line with typical high streets north of the national border. But if you know where to look in this vibrant artistic and cultural centre, you can find off-the-beaten-path market stalls, department stores, luxurious boutiques and artisan workshops selling authentic Mexican crafts, traditional folk art, Indigenous-inspired arts, high-fashion clothing, vintage homeware, and so much more than your standard shop’s offerings. With diversity reflected by a melting pot of cultural identities and architectural styles – neoclassical palaces, Art Nouveau mansions and the cultural remnants of Aztec heritage, to name a few – it’s no surprise that Mexico City’s fashion sense is in a league of its own, a reality that’s apparent in all corners of the city.  Many of the chicest clothing, arts and crafts boutiques are clustered in the upscale Ciudad de México neighbourhoods of Condesa, Polanco and Colonia Roma. But often, it’s the hidden gems in CDMX Mexico City that offer the most memorable shopping experiences. In this insider’s guide, we shed light on Mexico City’s best shops, from its high-end department stores to its quiet street market stalls. If you want to learn about more than just the best shopping Mexico City has to offer, you might enjoy reading our Mexico City Travel Guide.

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1. Xinú Perfumes

Stepping into Xinú Perfumes is an olfactory adventure, where botanical fragrances that pay homage to regional materials like copal, agave, marigold and Mexican tuberose represent the artefacts of a sophisticated explorer. Fragrant excitement aside, the Xinú Perfumes studio treats all the senses with attention to detail, from its theatrically lit atelier to its certified walnut bottles. And Xinú’s story of artistry, craftsmanship and botanical tradition is interwoven with sustainability.

When you arrive at Xinú Perfumes in the trend-setting Polanco neighbourhood of Ciudad de México, you’ll walk through a discreet entrance and a dimly lit hallway to a black-painted staircase, which leads to a spacious room surrounded by manicured gardens. In this showroom – designed by innovative interior designers Ignacio Cadena and Héctor Esrawe – your eyes will be drawn by redirected beams of natural light to the perfumes and olfactive devices that take centre stage. The hustle of CDMX Mexico City disappears into thin air as you test botanical scents in what seems to be an urban oasis. Owner, Verónica Alejandra Peña Austin, creates formulas that celebrate the aromatic botany and olfactory richness of The Americas. The Ummo fragrance, for example, contains a heady mix of tonka bean, jasmine tobacco flower, cedarwood, honey and amber resin. Besides its signature scents, Xinú Perfumes is home to collections by names such as Givaudan’s Rodrigo Flores-Roux, one of Latin American’s only formally trained perfumers.

Photo: Xinú Perfumes

Photo: Xinú Perfumes

2. Chic By Accident

Since 2001, Chic By Accident has been one of CDMX Mexico City’s must-visit destinations for eclectic arts, crafts and vintage furniture. Painted Mexican masks, velvet Art Deco sofas, clay sculptures and antique brass candlesticks showcase the bold, varied aesthetics of 20th-century Mexican design.

Emmanuel Picault – the French founder that now calls CDMX Mexico City home – works with flea-market vendors through to private collectors to transform all four floors of a 1920’s townhouse into a store that doubles as a gallery and meeting point for the international interior design crowd. If you love vintage furniture and all the artsy crafts to match, you’ll find what you need at Chic By Accident in Ciudad de México.

Walk into the green terrazzo-floored sitting room at Chic By Accident, and you’ll immediately notice Picault’s predilection for contrast. Displays of Mexican masks coincide with vintage elements like a tape and rubber pendant lamp, a 1930’s Oaxacan Art Deco vase, and a hand-crafted mahogany sofa set, all illuminated by sunlight shining through the glass roof above. Other notable collections found inside Picault’s townhouse-turned-gallery include mid-century Guadalajara ceramics, Vissio-designed glass onyx vases, and Olmec colossal head fiberglass reproductions.

Photo: Chic By Accident

Photo: Chic By Accident

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Onora sources handmade home goods, traditional handicrafts and accessories inspired by Mexico’s rich cultural heritage

3. Onora

Onora sources handmade home goods, traditional handicrafts and accessories inspired by Mexico’s rich cultural heritage and plethora of identities, such as Purepechá, Tztotzil and Zapoteco. While rooted in Mexico’s ancestral legacy, Onora’s artisan-designed crafts are created for the rituals of modern life. Think handwoven copper baskets, lacquered wooden cutlery and indigenous-inspired pillows. But don’t think vivid colours often associated with Mexican design; Onora’s contemporary palette comprises shades of white, black, grey and beige. As a revered design studio in CDMX Mexico City, Onora collaborates with talented artisans from across the city and nation. Together, Onora’s design shamans use ancient craft techniques to reimagine decorative and utilitarian objects that reflect Mexico’s cultural complexities while striking the perfect balance between innovation and tradition. Whether they’re dishes, table runners, bed linens, pillows or candle holders, Onora’s collections tell the story of a multifarious Mexican cultural identity through a contemporary voice. Read our full review of Onora for more insights into what’s on offer.

Photo: Onora

Photo: Onora

4. Casa Bosques

Situated inside a whitewashed mansion with more than a century of history in the artsy Colonia Roma (Roma Norte) neighbourhood, Casa Bosques is an independent bookstore in CDMX Mexico City, though it wouldn’t look out of place as a gallery for the contemporary fashion and design crowd. Independent books, magazines and journals covering all things art, design and media decorate sleek bookshelves, while succulents, ferns and Jean Prouvé chairs add sophisticated touches to the interior décor. On top of being a striking Roma boutique, Casa Bosques hosts a gallery that showcases artworks by emerging Ciudad de México creatives like Cally Spooner and Dora García. Casa Bosques sources almost all its titles from booksellers’ associations with indie presses, though many are simply collected from circuits in the art and design spheres. This Roma Norte bookstore’s inventory mostly focuses on topics like design, art, architecture, photography and fashion, though you’ll also find titles that stray into film and food. Some books make for easy-but-addictive reading, while others take the form of paradigm-shifting essays and abstruse theories.

5. Voces en Tinta (Somos Voces)

With its vast assemblage of books on gender, sexual diversity and human rights, Voces en Tinta is a modern café bookstore concept for LGBT+ bibliophiles. Besides sourcing and selling books, Voces en Tinta doubles as one of CDMX Mexico City’s chicest coffee shops and a cultural forum (Somos Vices Forum), promoting human rights through to freedom of LGBT+ expression. Add all that to this artistic space’s monthly video debates and talks with the likes of sexologists, and you can see why Voces en Tinta is considered a jewel of the Zona Rosa neighbourhood of Ciudad de México. At this CDMX Mexico City bookstore, books take the form of short stories, poetry, novels and academic texts, written by local indie writers through to internationally acclaimed authors. Poetry readings, plays and book presentations are popular, as are workshops on topics ranging from make-up to defending the LGBT+ community against police discrimination. On special occasions, Voces en Tinta hosts karaoke nights, talks on sexual diversity issues, and discussions with therapists from a variety of specialist fields. But on any day, hot coffee and an incredible collection of books bring an open-minded and eclectic crowd to Voces en Tinta.

Photo: Chic By Accident

6. 180º Shop

180º Shop is committed to putting modern Mexican fashion for men on the global map, but don’t let its bicycle displays, wall of skateboards and ‘hip’ piles of sneakers make you think that only the young are accommodated. Here, Mexican designers and local artisan jewellers showcase expressive fashion items that capture the cultural legacy of Mexico and the trend-setting creativity of the Capital. Besides being a Ciudad de México clothing and footwear shop for men of all ages, 180º Shop is a meeting point and platform for sustainability-conscious creatives and fashionistas. Most items at 180º Shop are Mexican designed, imagined and crafted, but you’ll also find global brands adorning its shelves and clothing racks. The Casa Bosques bookstore exhibits some of its titles at 180º Shop. You can also stock up on artisanal chocolate bars.

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Set inside the spectacular renovated mansion, Apartment 25 is a carefully curated clothing store with owners who handpick each and every garment

7. Apartment 25

Set inside the spectacular Córdoba 25 renovated mansion turned boutique shopping mall, Apartment 25 is a carefully curated clothing store with owners who handpick each and every garment, whether it’s from a luxury brand in Europe or an emerging CDMX Mexico City homegrown designer. The boutique’s interior décor is deliberately minimal, placing the spotlight on the bold colours and prints of its clothing range. Less targeted to the shy types, Apartment 25’s clothes make a loud and proud statement. Most collections are for men, with an emphasis on high-end artistic streetwear, but there are some handpicked garments for women, too. Featured brands at Apartment 25 include Richer Poorer, Opening Ceremony, Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, and Lazy Oaf. All brands found at Apartment 25 share the ethos of love, equality and respect. Even if you don’t purchase anything, stopping by this distinctive Ciudad de México boutique will prove to be a memorable experience.

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8. Bi Yuu

Contemporary artistic design meets traditional craftsmanship at Bi Yuu, a Ciudad de México textile design store that creates handwoven, organic flatweave rugs that make a statement. Colourful and intricate designs are aplenty, with many taking inspiration from Mexican modernist architecture. If you have a colour scheme in mind, Bi Yuu’s rugs can be made-to-order in line with your style preferences and desired palette. On top of innovation and boundary-pushing style, Bi Yuu celebrates sustainable collaboration with artisans throughout CDMX Mexico City and the nation. Globally, Bi Yuu fosters long-term relationships with artisans from as far as the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and promotes the exchange of knowledge to innovate within the textiles industry. Bi Yuu was established in 2012 by Marisol Centeno, a revered textile designer and graduate of the Ibero-American University – though Centeno picked up sewing and knitting skills from her grandmother long before studying to become a master of her trade. With Bi Yuu, Centeno aims to design and craft flatweave rugs with raw materials that age with beauty and express emotion, tradition and inspiration.

9. Stendhal Store

Located in the upscale Polanco neighbourhood of CDMX Mexico City, Stendhal Store is a concept store that rejects a world of fashion based on gender, instead specialising in urban, minimalist and – most importantly – androgynous clothing.

As well as being highly sought-after fashion items for both men and women, Stendhal Store’s garments are perfect for any occasion thanks to their sleek designs. Most clothes are sourced from innovative Mexican brands like The Pack, 1/8 Takamura, Mancandy, Agüero and Ocelote, but you’ll also see pieces collected from further adrift by names including Eleven Paris, Ready to Die, Marmanuel and Jeffrey Campbell. Aiming to provide shoppers with an experience rather than just a destination, Stendhal Store’s founding sisters Gladys and Regina Vega have paid attention to the finer details of their boutique’s atmosphere, from the aroma and lighting to the strategically chosen music.

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10. Loose Blues

Occupying several levels – each one with a distinct theme – Loose Blues is one of CDMX Mexico City’s smartest specialty shops, with a carefully collection of vintage-inspired clothing, vinyls, home goods, books and even barware. Thanks in part to having Mexican and Japanese founders, this vintage store sources high-fashion items from Ciudad de México and abroad. Boutique curation mastery aside, Loose Blues artfully serves mouth-watering Japanese and Mexican fare. To top it all it off, this Juarez neighborhood boutique also hosts events and art shows. Head to the basement to browse this Juarez neighbourhood boutique’s collection of men’s clothing, which includes Hawaiin shirts through to lumberjack-esque garments. Ascend one floor to see displays of zines, vinyls and publications, both vintage and new volumes. Up another level is a showcase of clothing for women. The top floor is home to Loose Blues Dining, the boutique’s restaurant, café and bar. Artisanal brews and herbal teas always go down a treat in between bursts of shopping in Mexico City, especially when enjoyed in a stylish diner with an airy industrial vibe.

11. Tetetlán

A shopping destination, library, restaurant, café and historical landmark, Tetetlán is a one-of-a-kind cultural complex and a focal point of the emblematic Jardines del Pedregal neighbourhood of Ciudad de México. Situated in an old stable block beside the restored house of prized architect Luis Barragán, Tetetlán now houses a variety of community-focused local markets and stores, all of which do their part to promote the native heritage of Mexico and traditional Mexican crafts.

While exploring Tetetlán and Jardines del Pedregal, you’ll see restaurants serving creative dishes using locally sourced organic ingredients, a far cry from most of the big-name fast food chains in CDMX Mexico City. As well as the food court, you’ll see shops displaying rails of clothing crafted in Chiapas and Oaxaca. Head upstairs, and you’ll find a yoga studio overlooking a volcanic-rock garden. In Tetetlán’s centre, there’s a library spread over two floors, home to books donated from creatives and Barragán’s personal collection, plus a large selection of LP records and publications on architecture. For snacks and refreshments, order from the library’s delicious café. The man behind Tetetlán’s evolution is Cesar Cervantes, a contemporary art collector that’s also responsible for the renovation of Barragán’s house, Casa Pedregal. You can browse items donated by artist friends of Cervantes in Tetetlán’s library. Visit the restaurant to taste dishes brought to life by head chef Hugo Durán. It’s a tasty way to end a day of shopping in Mexico City.

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12. El Bazar Sábado (Saturday Bazar)

One of the first of its kind to be established in Mexico City’s south, El Bazar Sábado – located in the western foothills or San Ángel – has been ground zero for Mexican artisans and a following of upscale arts and crafts hunters since 1960. This open air shopping mall and market is situated in the leafy Ciudad de México suburb of San Ángel, which provides the ideal historical setting for a shopping destination steeped in tradition. The talented local artisans of the El Bazar Sábado open air mall sell luxurious handicrafts ranging from Frida Kahlo-inspired sculptures to dazzling textiles and intricate woodwork. You’ll also see traditional market booths selling painted porcelain skulls, hand-thrown ceramic plates, embroidered blouses and paper flowers. When you need to refuel, you can feast on Mexican comfort food at the market’s street food stalls while listening to musical genres like Mexico’s mariachi. Or, you can wash a quesadilla down with a mezcal margarita inside the 18th-century Bazaar House. Outside El Bazar Sábado, there’s plenty to discover in the hamlet-like Mexico City neighbourhood of San Ángel, from cobbled streets of colonial-era housing to the cute parish church of Plaza San Jacinto. San Ángel is also home to many restaurants, grand architecture and several branded boutiques dedicated to women’s clothing through to homeware.

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